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Man gets year in burglary case

March 24, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

Man gets year in burglary case

A Hagerstown man serving an 11-year prison term for drug distribution was sentenced to an additional year and a day Monday for burglarizing a woman's home.

Thomas Clifford Wallace, 30, formerly of the first block of East Franklin Street, asked Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone to recommend Patuxent Institution so he could get treatment for a drug problem.

"I was hallucinating that day," Wallace said. "The police took me to the hospital."

The victim told Hagerstown City Police that the man who rushed into her home in the 200 block of East Franklin Street last July 26 at 6:22 a.m. told her he was being chased by people trying to rob him.

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"Wallace did tell the woman to call the police, that he was being chased," said Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Joe Michael.

When police arrived, Wallace was standing on the woman's porch, Michael said.

In exchange for a guilty plea to fourth-degree burglary, a charge of malicious destruction of property was dismissed.

In addition to the 11-year sentence for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, Wallace recently received a four-year concurrent sentence in the Baltimore courts for violation of probation.

A month after the July burglary incident, Wallace, alias James Thomas, was charged in the death of a Greencastle, Pa., man.

Those charges were dropped on Dec. 29 because a key witness couldn't be located. That witness, Clara Elizabeth Miller, has since died of stab wounds, and her death has been ruled a homicide.

Washington County State's Attorney M. Kenneth Long Jr. said he plans to revisit the murder case against Wallace when forensic test results are completed.

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